Grateful Dead Live at Sullivan Stadium on 1987-07-04
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- Grateful Dead
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FOB> aud> senn me80> cassette master> cdr; conversion by Mike Lai from Bruce Fried DAT; true crosslink http://db.etree.org/shn/30370 not 3858
- Foxboro, MA
- Sullivan Stadium
Subject: Poignant Sound of Heroes
Subject: Hey Bill Walton, Can we have a beer?
Lighten up M.L.K.! - maybe someday
we can all be as rightous as you.
Weird show. Was hot as balls that day and we had no tickets. Rode down with two friends in some guy's car who I had never met until that day. We saw Bill Walton of Celtics fame behind this chain-link fence at some backstage party. He was tapping a beer out of a keg about 10 feet from the fence and was talking to people in the crowd and answering their questions like "Hey Bill how's the knee doing?" "Will you be back w/ the Celts next year?" etc. Finally, my friend asked "Hey Bill, can we have a beer?" He got this disgusted look on his face and walked away shaking his head. What a dick!
Anyway, me and the guy who asked Walton for a beer and a third guy wound up burrowing under a chain-link fence to get into the show. Unfortunately for a couple of guys behind us they got caught by some Foxboro cops who beat the bejeezus out them with billy-clubs. Well, better them than us.
Unfortunately for us, the guy who was our ride apparently never got into to the show and took off in his car. He took off with my favorite shirt and my friend's favorite frisbee or some shit. We were so confused after the show we tried to hitch-hike back to Boston but went the wrong way out the gate and wound up in Providence, Rhode Island. We vowed to beat the shit out the guy who abandoned us but we never saw him again. Dude if you're out there, F*ck You and give me my shirt back.
Oh, the show - I don't really remember if it was got or not.
Subject: What did I start here?
Subject: Sticking to the show
The show was a disappointment. I bet if the boys had played that first set back in '84, it might not have gone over so badly.
But putting the in the Dark material together like that (I think it was the same day or within a few days of the albums release) seemed hyper-opportunistic. I think the show would have faired better if they seperated the songs out - I am sure they played 4 In the Dark tunes at a show previous to this one, but not in a row.
By not spacing them out and by not having 2 sets (of just GD and then Bob Dylan) it was a recipe for a disastorous set list.
I concur with everyone else - if you want good stuff from the '87 east coast summer skip this and check out Kingston, Silver Stadium, Roanoke, and Pittsburgh.
Subject: To Fitzy the Moron
Subject: next show in Pgh
Subject: To Fitzy...
Subject: Nasty Foxboro
Subject: What a Generalization
Get a life and realize that maybe your perception, which is sadly your reality, is actually the problem. What ever happened to ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂAinÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt no time to hateÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ? Must be a ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂTouch of GreyÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Dead Head.
Anyway, I was at the show and it was as hot as previously mentioned. Did anyone else see the naked dark haired girl wondering around? The show was rather under whelming, but personal experiences surrounding it make it a great memory for me.
But my favorite show that I attended was Chinese New Year 02-20-85 at Keizer Auditorium in Oakland, CA. You know CA where all the nice Heads are.
Subject: "Eh, whatcha gonna du?"
Subject: weird show, indeed
rants aside, it was a strange show, but glad i got in...without gate-crashing. the incredible onslaught to get in almost had me going home instead. poorly organized, oversold.
the sound quality here is good. you judge the performance. not particularly enjoyable, but the dylan set had its moments and the vocals at the end of throwing stones were nice.
if i ever see you at a show, fitzy, i'll buy you a beer...if you don't ask.
Jboy - shut the fuck up already.
Subject: Foxboro 87
I believe the SullivanÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs still owned the stadium at the time and were hurting financial from the beating they took running the Jackson 5 tour, so I wasnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt sure how they felt about music in their arena.
And the Dead, I had taken to seeing them less often, because the shows were becoming mundane.
The stage was setup at one end of the stadium with Portapots at the 50-yard line and the field was covered in an attempt to prevent abuse to the field.
People were jumping barriers everywhere to get on the field which is where we ended up, but I think that was because those were our tickets.
The Dead opened with four songs from their new album; all but one had been in their rotation for years. The new one Tons of Steel by Brent was actually pretty good, especially when compared to Easy to Love You or Far from Me.
This was followed by Little Red Rooster, not my favorite, but Brent again livened it up with his vocals.
Box of Rain had always been a favorite for me but this was the third show in a row I had heard it, none the less it was great to hear Phil sing ONE song.
After Althea they went into a second set treatment of Playing, Uncle John, Truckin, Wharf Rat and finished with Throwing Stones, this set arrangement confused a lot of people but it was nice to hear a longer first set.
A helicopter buzzed the fans and many people claimed they say Dylan in it, but I donÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt see how that was possible.
Dylan appeared on stage and appeared to stagger, leaving many in our group to suggest he showed up drunk. He started with Times, and we started talking about leaving because the group reaction was pretty negative.
Next up was Man of Peace and although Garcia had a pretty good rift going the song was still one of DylanÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs more recent ones and the gang was unimpressed, as Garcia appeared to be leaving the stage it was decided that we would do the same.
But Garcia wasnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt leaving the stage he was simply changing position to sit at the pedal steel, as we heard the opening lines to IÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂll Be Your Baby Tonight, nothing more was said we simply put our stuff back down and started to listen.
John Brown followed, and though a somewhat unfamiliar old song (since it had no official release at that time) we realized the Dead and Dylan were mining DylanÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs back catalogue.
During I Want You Dylan tried out his harp, with somewhat of a mixed result and I donÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt believe I heard him play it for a number of years after that.
The rest of the set was what we had come for the Dead trying out old Dylan tunes and Dylan being Dylan.
We had a great time, but when the show was over we looked at the Portapots on the field and noticed that most of them were crushed, apparently from people trying to stand on top of them. The field also appeared to be torn up and we assumed that that would be the last time the Dead would play Foxboro. The next day in the paper the Stadium officials were quite gleeful about the show claiming they had never had such a profitable event.
In the years that followed the Dead shows in the Boston area became next to impossible to get tickets for, while Dylan started his Never Ending Tour, this show was really a turning point in many ways.
Subject: My 2nd Show
Subject: Not really worth anyone's time...
1st Set: A sagging "Touch" opens. Bobby is hilarious as he cheesily over enunciates the chorus. "We're going to take a minute here while the roadies nail Billy's other foot down." Things get taken up a notch with a blistering "Hell." A standard "West" makes it three new tracks in a row. I'm sure the crowd is beginning to catch on as the first four songs are sequentially accurate to the listing on 'In the Dark.' "Tons" is fine, although the unfortunate sound is cirrus cloudy and distant. What,?! no 'Push,' or 'Esau?' It's probably because they're too ball less to play 'Throwing' in the first set. Anyways, "Rooster" is ok; the band seemingly does Not want to follow the sloppy leadership of Brent's. Jerry's seemingly interested in instrument playing only. "Althea" is the right skeptical tone for this uncertain show. "Box" is standard.
As there is no set break, we jump right into a finely played but bland, unexciting "Uncle." This segues into a your run of the mill "Playing" song that only becomes of interest when they embrace the outro jam, and watch it float to "Drums/Space." The latter, tonight is particularly enjoyable. Keen timing on the segue even if there's no power behind it. The versions of "Truckin" and "TOO" are professional, but a little too by the book although there are plenty of synth sonic sounds to provide a pleasant experience. "Throwing" is nice... but this show is a lost cause.
Subject: Dylan & Dead ..ahhh
Subject: Worst ever
Subject: Are you people on crack???
Subject: Ticket Miracle in Foxboro
Subject: The parking lot was 150 degrees
Subject: a July 4 to remember
Foxboro was jammed and we got a nice GD set.
A bunch of In The Dark songs for the "touchheads" followed by an interesting song selection.
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